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CNN, Clarion-Ledger: Thad Cochran hides, does 'bait-and-switch' on national reporters
breitbart.com ^ | 5/27/14 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 05/28/2014 5:13:24 AM PDT by cotton1706

SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi -- Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) pulled the old “bait-and-switch” to avoid a televised CNN interview, reporter Dana Bash says.

Bash tried to interview Cochran for CNN at a Memorial Day event in Vicksburg, MS, but Cochran dodged the interview. His staff was “going to head-scratching extremes to avoid talking,” Bash reported in a piece posted late Tuesday.

"We tried to catch Cochran after this event," Bash said, while video of Cochran standing on stage for the event played. "But when an aide came out and saw us, they did a bait-and-switch.”

"The car they told us Cochran was getting in, screeched away without him, while he snuck out another door to a different car, leaving reporters like us in the dust, unable to talk to the senator,” Bash added.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, which picked up the story right after CNN on Tuesday evening, noted that Cochran’s actions “make him look equally as suspicious” as how his primary challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel has handled the response to blogger Clayton Kelly’s allegedly illicit photographing of Cochran’s wife Rose.

The Clarion-Ledger’s Sam Hall wrote that Cochran also refused to sit down with the newspaper’s editorial board for an interview.

“Cochran's staff has repeatedly refused to set a date for an editorial board meeting,” Hall wrote. “‘We're still working on a date,’ is the gist of any answer they give us. Such dodging makes us — and voters — wonder what he has to hide. Is he afraid of tough questions? Or is his staff handling him too much because they are afraid of what he might say? My guess: both!”

Cochran has similarly avoided interviews with Breitbart News — his campaign staff ignored requests — and most other media outlets, and refused to debate McDaniel ahead of the primary.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 05/28/2014 5:13:25 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
McDaniel chose to not go on the JT Radio Show on Supertalk yesterday and JT was not very nice about what he had to say about McDaniel. However, I don't blame McDaniel for not going on Supertalk after the way Paul Gallo ambushed him and brutally attacked him two weeks ago and then spent the next week justifying his attack. Supertalk radio personalities have tipped their hand a little bit too far toward Cochran and with their comments about the Tea Party and McDaniel.

JT yesterday kept stating that McDaniel was more interested in giving a satellite interview than the Supertalk Interview and speaking to Mississippians but then again, the National News media didn't brutally treat McDaniel on the air either.

2 posted on 05/28/2014 5:30:05 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

Are you in MS? What’s the feel there? Do you think McDaniel can pull it out?


3 posted on 05/28/2014 5:35:27 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

The entitled MSM is dissed.

Good.

Cuck FNN.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 5:39:27 AM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: cotton1706

“...wonder what he has to hide. Is he afraid of tough questions? Or is his staff handling him too much because they are afraid of what he might say? My guess: both!”

FINALLY!!!. The MSM is going after Obama.

Oh, wait minute...

Nope...they’re just after another Republican.


5 posted on 05/28/2014 5:55:56 AM PDT by moovova
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To: cotton1706

Why expose yourself to an “interview” by a representative of an enemy? A little creative editing and they make you look like what they wish.


6 posted on 05/28/2014 6:21:06 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: cotton1706

Thad will keep doing the dodge-and-weave until the primary. Too many unanswered questions about the taping incident at his wife’s nursing home, and they cast more suspicion on Cochran than his opponent.

In recent days, we learned that Thad’s campaign knew of the incident and sat on it for two weeks before calling in law enforcement. As I pointed out on another thread, they notified the cops at the end of a bad week when the Mississippi media was dominated by reports on Thad’s living arrangements in D.C. Turns out that Mr. Cochran “rents” a room from his longtime executive assistant, the same woman who has accompanied him on dozens of official trips around the world.

In Democratic circles, Cochran would get a badge of honor. But a lot of Mississippians (from all walks of life), frown on the idea of a politician acquiring a new girlfriend while his wife is fighting her final battle against dementia. But with revelation of the taping incident, the narrative changed and Cochran got a wave of sympathy from the public.

But McDaniel had nothing to gain from releasing a videotape of Cochran’s invalid wife. There were a lot of questions about the “early” call from McDaniel’s campaign to the Cochran staff (assuring them they nothing to do with it) before the story hit the local media. But it has since been revealed that another blogger got wind of the scandal and had a post on the episode ahead of the Jackson TV stations and the Clarion-Ledger. McDaniel’s team learned about the taping from the blog, and not because of their involvement.

On the other hand, Thad Cochran had much to gain by using the incident to his own advantage. Clearly, Senator Cochran has a lot to explain regarding that two-week delay in reporting the nursing home taping to police. And there are a lot of questions about where he actually lives. He claims his official residence is a log cabin in Oxford, MS. But I have family in Oxford and they tell me you never see Thad in town unless there’s a football game at Ole Miss or some other official function. And he usually in town just long enough for the event.


7 posted on 05/28/2014 6:51:03 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: cotton1706
I don't see much in support of Thad. Mostly McDaniel stuff. Same with commercials. No Thad commercials. Lots for McDaniel. We are hoping he can pull it out. It looks good down here but Thad is stronger up in the northern part of the state. Not sure how McDaniel will do up there.
8 posted on 05/28/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: cotton1706

He’s senile and they’re trying to hide it.


9 posted on 05/28/2014 7:02:32 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

He’s senile and they’re trying to hide it.
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BINGO —— I think you’re right on that. He wanted to do the right thing and retire at the end of his current term, but the GOPe persuaded him to run again (to avoid the likelihood of his replacement being “Tea Party”). Mentally, he’s likely not nimble enough to dance around all the personal corruption into which he has drifted. As it is, he has devolved into being a puppet for the GOPe elite and would, in the Senate, vote as he was told to vote.

End the corruption...VOTE FOR & SUPPORT MCDANIEL.


10 posted on 05/28/2014 7:14:08 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: cotton1706

What do you expect from a DC insider?


11 posted on 05/28/2014 7:17:25 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
Cochran “rents” a room from his longtime executive assistant, the same woman who has accompanied him on dozens of official trips around the world.

This needs to be played up.

McDaniel had nothing to gain from releasing a videotape of Cochran’s invalid wife.

But Cochran did.

Thad’s campaign knew of the incident and sat on it for two weeks before calling in law enforcement. Senator Cochran has a lot to explain regarding that two-week delay in reporting the nursing home taping to police.

This is suspicious. Who knew Thad Cochran was that much of a sleazeball? And there are a lot of questions about where he actually lives. He claims his official residence is a log cabin in Oxford, MS. But I have family in Oxford and they tell me you never see Thad in town unless there’s a football game at Ole Miss or some other official function. And he usually in town just long enough for the event.

I see a commercial here, if someone wants to make it.

12 posted on 05/28/2014 7:24:18 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: cotton1706
CNN’s Bash interviewed McDaniel, but he wouldn’t answer a question about the blogger story. "You personally, when did you find out about the break-in?" Bash asked McDaniel. “Look, we're going to focus on his record right now,” McDaniel replied after a long pause.

OH SH*T! Here we go again. The one guy on our team that I thought had the goods and the political insights to run a successful campaign and rid the Senate of another RINO is now acting like a freakin' idiot. What the hell is the matter with you Chris? Answer the question. A lot of people have invested time, energy and money in your campaign. We deserve to know if you are hiding something. You're acting like you are guilty as hell. WHAT DID YOU KNOW AND WHEN DID YOU KNOW IT? If you turn out to be another Tod Akin, I'm freakin' giving up on the Tea Party being able to find a candidate with an IQ higher than a damn can of Spam. YOU ARE PISSING ME OFF MR. McDANIEL.
13 posted on 05/28/2014 7:24:29 AM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
Cochran “rents” a room from his longtime executive assistant, the same woman who has accompanied him on dozens of official trips around the world.

This needs to be played up.

McDaniel had nothing to gain from releasing a videotape of Cochran’s invalid wife.

But Cochran did.

Thad’s campaign knew of the incident and sat on it for two weeks before calling in law enforcement. Senator Cochran has a lot to explain regarding that two-week delay in reporting the nursing home taping to police.

This is suspicious. Who knew Thad Cochran was that much of a sleazeball?

And there are a lot of questions about where he actually lives. He claims his official residence is a log cabin in Oxford, MS. But I have family in Oxford and they tell me you never see Thad in town unless there’s a football game at Ole Miss or some other official function. And he usually in town just long enough for the event.

I see a commercial here, if someone wants to make it.

14 posted on 05/28/2014 7:25:20 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Din Maker
Maybe he just doesn't want the entire campaign to be about this:

Cochran, Miss. Opponent Trade Attacks in Video Scandal

Polling on the race is mixed. A Polling Company survey taken earlier this month found McDaniel leading by four points. A Harper poll taken in April found Cochran leading by 17.

15 posted on 05/28/2014 7:41:16 AM PDT by Kenny
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16 posted on 05/28/2014 7:43:20 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: TBP

Before you make your commercial, Read Post #13.


17 posted on 05/28/2014 8:02:52 AM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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To: TBP

I agree...there’s also the matter of his constantly-changing addresses; by my count, he has claimed about a half-dozen different residences over the past decade, both in D.C. and in Mississippi. Apparently, he sold his home in Alexandria, VA back in 2003 (shortly after his wife was placed in a nursing home), and took up with Ms. Webber shortly after that, since her $1.7 million home was listed as his address on campaign filings for years.

I’d also like to know how a Congressional aide got a mortgage for a property worth almost $2 million. Maybe she bought it years ago, and it’s already paid off. But on the other hand, if the house was purchased in recent years, she probably has monthly mortgage payments in the $7-8,000 range. That means she’s paying about 2/3 of her monthly, pre-tax salary ($12,000) for housing, well above the ratio that most mortgage lenders will approve.

Of course, she does get that monthly rent check from Thad, and he has friends in the banking industry. With connections like that, I’m sure Ms. Webber got a really good deal on her mortgage.

You’re right: the commercial practically writes itself. It would be very interesting to look at the property records for her address in D.C., and see how long she’s been there, what the purchase price was, etc. Again, for all I know, she may have bought the house years ago and is enjoying the run-up on property values in D.C. But if her home purchase coincided with Thad’s address change, it raises even more questions.

One more reason that Thad is suddenly shy about speaking to the press. However, the press is more interested in Chris McDaniel’s attendance at a fund-raiser held by one of the sleazeballs who videotaped Mrs. Cochran in the nursing home than the Senator’s interesting living arrangements.


18 posted on 05/28/2014 8:20:55 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: Din Maker

McDaniel blew it on that one...his staff claims that a Mississippi blogger posted the item on Friday night, several hours before it was picked up by the Jackson TV stations, the AP and the Clarion-Ledger. The blogger apparently has no ties to the video-taping incident and reportedly learned of the incident from law enforcement, which had been contacted by the Cochran campaign after a two-week delay.

That’s the answer—or at least, it should be. Answer the question, then segue into criticizing Cochran’s record.


19 posted on 05/28/2014 8:25:42 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: cotton1706

I’ve said the GOP is the only political party on the planet, which believes in not communicating with voters. That’s the way to victory. Am I crazy or is Thad Cochran proving me correct?


20 posted on 05/28/2014 8:35:27 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Din Maker

“...I’m freakin’ giving up on the Tea Party being able to find a candidate with an IQ higher than a damn can of Spam. YOU ARE PISSING ME OFF MR. McDANIEL.”
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Well, I’m fairly certain that McDaniel has an IQ a standard deviation or two above certain posters here. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out to whom I refer.


21 posted on 05/28/2014 1:16:50 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: ExNewsExSpook

Write plenty of letters. Make plenty of phone calls.


22 posted on 05/28/2014 1:36:22 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: cotton1706; Lil Flower; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; ...

tHAD enough ping (minus a few who refuse to let others know about things)


23 posted on 05/28/2014 3:41:57 PM PDT by WKB
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To: House Atreides

Then why did he not answer the question? He’s doing the same “duck and dodge” that Cochran is doing. Makes him look guilty.


24 posted on 05/28/2014 7:45:41 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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